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Dr. Randall J. Webb, 1965, 1966
President, Northwestern State University
This year Northwestern State University celebrates its
125th anniversary. In that time, the impact of this institution has
been immeasurable. Those of us who have been privileged to work here have worked to
create an atmosphere in which students can undergo experiences that transform their
I have been fortunate to be part of this university for more than a third of its
existence and my family's involvement goes back much further. I am sure that I have
remained a part of Northwestern for so long because I feel this place is special. We are
blessed with a picturesque campus, but it's not the buildings or the grounds that set
Northwestern apart. It has always been the people. I can think back over the years and
remember the many special people who gave of themselves to help me and others. I
know each of you can do the same.
Over the next year, Northwestern will host a number of special events highlighting
our 125th anniversary. I hope you will make plans to join us whenever possible on the
Natchitoches campus or at an alumni event near you.
As some of you are aware, Northwestern and other Louisiana universities are
currently experiencing a difficult financial situation due to state budget cuts caused by a
decline in revenues. The university suffered a mid-year budget cut of $2.1 million and
may face further cuts in the next fiscal year. I want to assure you that the university will
work to make it through the current difficulties and continue to provide an outstanding
educational opportunity for our students. In these challenging times, your support is
Thank you for all you do to help Northwestern State University.
William Drake Owens, 2004, 2005
Acting Director of Alumni and Development
My fellow alumni:
We began 2009 traveling the region to assist with
recruiting receptions and events. The office of Alumni and
Development feels these events are an important tool in
attracting bright students to Northwestern. But these events are always more
successful when alumni can tell their story and share their memories with prospective
students. You are our best recruiting tool! Keep an eye out for an event near you. Not
only would you serve as a wonderful ambassador for the school, you might even run
into an old friend
2009 is also an exciting year for Northwestern as we celebrate the 125th
anniversary of our schools founding. We have many exciting events planned
throughout the year to commemorate this milestone. Our athletes and spirit groups will
be wearing anniversary badges on their uniforms, and a special music selection has
been commissioned for a performance later this year. Check our website,
www northwesternalumni.com, for an up-to-date list of all the exhibits, reunions and
receptions being held to celebrate Northwestern's tradition of excellence. We have a
special section devoted to the 125th Anniversary and the events commemorating it.
We love to hear from and see our alumni, whether you graduated in 2008 or 50
years ago If you have not visited campus lately, this would be a great year to do so.
From the State Normal School to the Louisiana State Normal College to Northwestern
State College to Northwestern State University, we have been proud to educate
students that make an impact on their communities after they graduate You are the
reason why Northwestern remains the excellent university it is today.
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Commemorating 125 years
NSU's history outlines contributions to education and quality of life
he history of Northwestern begins when a portion of
property once owned by Natchitoches founder Louis
JL Juchereau de St. Denis was eventually obtained by
Charles Adams Bullard and his wife Julia Bludworth Wiley
Bullard. In 1832. the Bullards completed a large 2-1/2 story
mansion on a hill facing east towards Chaplin's Lake, which
was then a principal channel of the Red River. Years later in
1850, a portion of the tract was purchased by Bishop Auguste
Martin at a succession sale, including 45 acres, buildings and
improvements. In 1856, Father Martin sold the property to
Antoinette Bullion, superior of the Academy of the Sacred
Heart in Natchitoches. The Academy had been established in
1847 as the first Catholic school in north Louisiana. In 1856,
in appreciation for the dedication of the Sisters of the Sacred
Heart, Bishop Martin ceded to them the Bullard site for a new
and expanded convent on the property.
In 1857, the Sisters moved their convent to the new site,
modified the old Bullard mansion to suit their needs and
constructed a large brick school building. In 1866, the
Religious of the Sacred Heart acquired an additional 50-acre
tract of land to the south and west, which increased the
grounds to nearly 100 acres. The Academy's enrollment began
a decline during the Civil War and post-war years when
families could not meet tuition expenses and supplies of food
and necessities were scarce. The Religious of the Sacred Heart
struggled to keep the school open for 10 years until finally
closing its doors in 1875.
The Bullard mansion and convent buildings remained
vacant for nearly a decade until a bill was introduced into the
Louisiana legislature in 1884 to establish a state normal
school. Normal schools, those that were exclusively dedicated
to the training of teachers, were based on a system established
in France. These institutions were called ecoles normale,
relating to the norms or standards to be applied in teaching.
State Representative Leopold Caspari proposed that the school
be located in Natchitoches and, competing against several
other municipalities, marshaled the support of area civic and
business leaders to purchase the 100-acre site of the former
Academy of the Sacred Heart as the location of the Louisiana
State Normal School.
The selection of Natchitoches was announced in October
1884. A short two-month session began in March 1885. That
fall. 60 students were enrolled, a third of which had already
been teaching. The school administration also oversaw
teachers' institutes, two-week summer workshops designed to
train and update teachers already in the classrooms, at several
locations around the state, which became an expanding feature
in Normal's efforts to upgrade Louisiana's public schools. The
summer institutes would gradually evolve into a summer term.
Originally, the Normal program was a two-year course of
which six months was heavily concentrated on the practice of
teaching and other professional subjects. This was shortly
lengthened to three years in 1886 and four years in 1892.
Graduates received a three-year teaching certificate. In a time
when the importance of public education was just beginning to
be recognized, there was a great demand for graduates of the
Normal School. The age of admission was as low as 15 for a
female student and 16 for a male student. By 1894, Normal
had sent 148 teachers into Louisiana's public schools.
The small campus expanded in the early 20th century with
the construction of new dormitories, classroom and
administration buildings and athletic and recreational facilities.
In tandem with this growth, the school's curriculum grew to
offer courses for specialized areas of teaching such as
languages, science and math, as well as agriculture, public
speaking, music and art. In 1906. the school began offering
graduate courses consisting of advanced work for high school
instructors, principals and superintendents.
By 191 1, the school's enrollment was over 1,800, and the
atmosphere became more collegiate with students participating
in academic, athletic and extracurricular programs. The school
had varsity men's and women's baseball, football, track and
basketball teams. During this time, the Alumni Association
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established a small loan fund to assist
students with financial needs. The loans
were repaid from the graduate's first
year's earnings and all were repaid
In 1909, the student body elected an
editorial stall and published the first
issue of Potpourri. In 1911. the fust
Normal School band was formed.
In June I 1 ) 10. about 5.000 alumni,
guests and state dignitaries convened in
Natchitoches for a two-day celebration
marking the schools 25th anniversary.
Moth the school and the city welcomed
the visitors with electrical decorations
and purple and white Hags placed
throughout the town. The event
included concerts, banquets, public
addresses and tours of the campus. By
then, a majority of parish
superintendents and many of the
teachers in I ouisiana schools had
graduated from Normal or been
affiliated with the school
By 1913, the Bullard mansion had
been condemned ami was dismantled,
leaving four of the white support
columns standing. One of the columns
was razed in 1937. I he three that remain
standing became an unofficial symbol o\'
the 20th century institution.
Normal became authorized to grant
bachelor's degrees m 1918 and in 1921
was recognized with a new name:
I ouisiana state Normal College.
rhroughoul the l l >2()s. the school's
curriculum became more diversified and
admissions standards were laiscd I he
school initiated correspondence courses
through an Extension service that also
helped public schools locate suitable
teachers, loaned materials to area
schools at no charge and provided other
resources specifically aimed at educating
children in rural areas. In 1927. the
school was granted accreditation by the
Southern Association of Col leges and
Secondary Schools and the American
Association of Teachers Colleges.
Major construction programs saw an
expansion in academic buildings and
farm facilities, library, dormitories,
dining facilities and the power plant.
Main clubs and social groups,
including Purple Jackets. Blue Key,
Greek organizations and student
societies were established during the
1920s, and athletics became extremely
popular. In 1923. a contest was held in
which the student body was united to
submit suggestions for a mascot, and the
Demon was introduced in 1924.
Though funds were restricted during
the Depression years, academic reforms
expanded curricula with the addition o\'
new departments and programs. In the
late 1930s, a large building project saw
the construction of Russell I ibrar\ (now
Russell Hall), renovations to Warren
Easton Hall (currently the NS1
Elementary I ab School), rebuilding o\
sidewalks and improvements to other
buildings on campus New buildings in
1939 included a concrete stadium, an
athletic dormitory (Caspari), a high
school and a trade school, both financed
by the Natchitoches Parish School
Board, a women's dorm (Varnado), a
new infirmary and a power plant. Four
other facilities, a men's gymnasium, a
fine arts building, student center and
natatorium, opened in 1940.
During World War II. enrollment at
Normal dropped as \oung men went to
war and main young women chose
military sen ice or war-related
employment Several campus activities
were suspended during the war years but
a bright spot was the presence of several
thousand naval cadets who brought to
the college a military presence and
In 1944. the Louisiana State Normal
College became Northwestern State
College of I ouisiana bj a popularly
approved constitutional amendment. In
the post- War years, the school added
new course offerings, such as pilot
training and nursing, and restructured
itself into three schools: I ducation.
which continued to locus on teacher
training: \rts and Sciences, which
offered a liberal or general education,
ami Applied Arts and Sciences, which
focused on vocational education such as
agriculture, business and home
economics New courses included
industrial arts. I aim and German
languages, medical technology and
The late 1950s, I l >o0s and earls
1970s were an era of growth for
Northwestern with the addition of new
dormitories and administration.
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academic and athletic buildings.
Curricula continued to diversify with the
addition of a Graduate School in 1954.
In the late 1950s, NSC granted masters
degrees outside education in the fields of
English, geography, history, social
sciences, speech, bacteriology, botany,
chemistry, mathematics, zoology and
business administration. Graduate
offerings in education expanded to
include the Specialist in Education
degree and in 1967 the Doctor of
Education and Doctor of Philosophy in
Many traditions were begun by
students during the mid-century years,
such as freshman scalping, Howdy Days,
Christmas at Home, the election of Mr.
and Miss NSC (NSU) and the selection
of the Lady of the Bracelet.
In recognition of its growth, public
service and research endeavors,
Northwestern State College was
renamed Northwestern State University
of Louisiana in 1970. The university
opened education centers at Fort Polk in
Leesville and at England Air Force Base
in Alexandria, and its Shreveport
campus was expanded. The Folklife
Center began raising awareness of
folklife studies and the establishment of
the Folk Festival. Many building
projects were completed in the 1970s,
including the Teacher Education Center,
the Post Office, the Biological Sciences
building, Watson Library, Health and
Physical Education Majors building, the
new athletic complex and the Rec
Tell us why you love Northwestern
2009 is a very special year in the history of our university. We celebrate our 125th
year of educating tomorrow's leaders. To help mark this special year, we're
asking for people to tell us "Why I Love NSU." Maybe you met your spouse
here or a professor helped you to figure out what you really wanted to do in your
life. Anything that brings back fond memories of NSU is welcome. Send your
thoughts to the alumni center at 535 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71497
or submit them online at www.northwesternalumni.com . We have a special
section dedicated to the 125th anniversary. Your memory might be included in a
future edition of the Alumni Columns, posted online or included in a special event
to commemorate this very, very special year.
Complex. Along with building, several
old buildings, Schieb Hall (the Brick
Shack), Agnes Morris, Audubon,
Carondelet and Kate Chopin buildings
were razed. Unfortunately, two of the
original buildings in the old quad,
Guardia and Caldwell, burned in 1967
and 1982, respectively. During those
years, student life also changed
dramatically when the school's strict
rules of conduct were rejected by a
generation coming of age in an era of
social activism. But despite more
relaxed guidelines of behavior, some
traditions persisted, such as freshmen
wearing caps to the State Fair game and
participating in the Freshman Parade and
pep rally. The week prior to the State
Fair game against Louisiana Tech
included the selection of the State Fair
Queen and her court, pep rallies, the
burning of the Tech Bulldog and a
parade in Shreveport.
NSU became the location of the
Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame,
established in 1972 as a project of the
Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The 1970s also saw the creation of the
NSU Press and the completion of a new
Creative and Performing Arts complex.
In 1984, the university
commemorated its centennial with year-
long activities in the "Celebration of a
Century" that included a Centennial
Extravaganza, the unveiling of a
Centennial plaque and the formal
dedication of the Louisiana School for
Math, Science and the Arts.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s,
Northwestern s academic programming
continued to evolve to meet the
changing demands of students. The
Louisiana Scholars' College was
established in 1987 as the state's only
designated honors college. As the world
moved into a digital age, NSU blazed
the trail in the field of distance learning.
Today, a student is as likely to be
enrolled in an Internet class as a
traditional class. In the 21st century, the
school has opened several new
residential facilities, the Wellness
Recreation and Activities Center and has
completed renovation projects on several
academic facilities. The football
program marked its 1 00th anniversary in
Northwestern State University has
had a tremendous social and economic
impact in northwest Louisiana and
beyond. For the last 125 years, the
school has provided resources for
educational and cultural opportunities
and continues into the 21st century with
its mission of being a student-oriented
institution that is committed to the
creation, dissemination, and acquisition
of knowledge through teaching, research
Information for this article was
obtained from "Northwestern State
University of Louisiana: 1884-1984 A
History" by Dr. Marietta M. LeBreton,
professor of history, who authored the
book in conjunction the university s
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Alumna, 98, reflects on days
at Normal and other adventures
Earlinc Hart Andrews attended Louisiana State Normal
College during a time when girls only left their dormitories at
prescribed times and students paid a quarter to watch silent
movies on Saturday evenings. The 98-year-old Tyler, Texas,
resident spent 43 years as a classroom teacher and said her
inspiration to travel the world came from a guest who spoke at
Normal during her student days. Andrews attended Normal
from 1928-1931 and is one of the schools oldest living
"Back in those days, it was limited as to what kind of
career someone could pursue," said Andrews, who grew up in
east Texas, less than four miles from the Louisiana State line
and graduated from Vivian High School. "Things were quite
different. The most sought-after career was teaching."
She arrived in Natchitoches never having been away from
home before, but with seven other girls from her class in
Vivian who had also enrolled for the fall of 1928. Some
Normal students pursued a 2-year certificate, but Andrews
followed the four-year curriculum and, by attending summer
school, was able to earn her degree in three years following the
schools' quarter system.
Andrews was awarded her diploma in the heart of the
Great Depression when jobs were tight and some schools had
to pay their teachers with "scripts" that didn't always cover
their salary. She sought employment in an oilfield town near
El Dorado, Ark. and taught there for four years at a salary of
SI 20 a month. She returned to Texas in 1934 to teach at
Overton near Kilgore at a salary of $100 per month and held
that position for 14 years. She earned a master's degree in
history at Stephen F. Austin and later retired after teaching in
Tyler for 26 years. "I was a very dedicated classroom teacher,"
Her memories of Normal include
campus buildings and codes of
conduct that arc long gone.
"Rules and regulations were tight," she said, "for
example, if we were going to go into town, we went through a
social hall to go out and we were only allowed to walk on
Second Street. Sometimes we went shopping, but not often
because not main had much money, but on return, we signed
back in. I he Dean ol Women. Mrs. [Ethel] Hereford, kept us in
line. We were not allowed to rule m a cat unless our parents
asked permission to lake us somewhere lot diversion, there
was a little eating placed called The Corner and we were
allowed to go there. It was a big deal to get a nickel Coke and
we'll save up our nickels and get a meat pie for a quarter, lor
entertainment on the campus, ever) Saturday night, there was a
silent movie with a young man playing the piano for us thai
cost a quartet "
Like many alumni of
her generation. Andrew s
recalls her days at
Normal as a time of
learning and forming
close friendships with
her classmates. Many
were from rural areas
and away from home for
the first time. Because
trips off-campus were
limited, the students
entertained themselv es
with social and cultural programs, athletic events and recitals.
"One of the highlights that I remember was the Lyceum
programs in which the administration brought in speakers and
entertainers." she said. A lecture by the American adventurer
and author Richard Halliburton had a strong and lasting
influence on Andrews and the paths she chose.
"He had written his 'Book of Man els' and told about his
travels. He told us about places we had onlv read about. I set
my goal: when I got a job and enough money. I was going to
travel. 1 began a lifetime of travel."
Having only been to and from school and occasionally
taken the train to Shreveport or Marshall. Texas, Andrews
decided to visit all 48 states. She and a friend from Normal.
Nevada Self Salter of Sabine Parish, began the journey with a
month-long road trip in which the) set out from Many and
headed east, along the (iulf and Atlantic coast slates, touring
state capital buildings and other points of interest from
Mississippi to Maine. Their return trip took them through the
Midwest and back to Shreveport. It was the first of main trips
the two would take over the years. Andrews also took summer
courses at universities in other areas, and one summer she
worked in the office of a defense plant in southern C ahlornia
to satisfy her desire to visit that state. She eventually visited all
4S continental United States and embarked on overseas travel
"I took in a lot On my 80th birthday, l was walking on
the (neat Wall of China. On my 85th I rode a camel in Cairo."
she said She v isilcd every continent except Antarctica and
Australia and her interest in the world spilled into her teaching
"When I was teaching sixth grade, my supervisor had all
the teachers write a unit of work appropriate lor our levels, so I
did research and came up with the idea of writing a unit on
landmarks around the world." I he unit included aspects of
social studies, spelling, English, geograph) and history, as the
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Pi Kappa Phi founders reunion draws 50-year member honorees
Several alumni of Beta Omicron chapter of Pi Kappa Phi
received 50-year Golden Legion Memberships during a
December reunion in Natchitoches. Members and the
years they were initiated into the fraternity are, from left,
James Brister, 1957; Huey Fitch, 1957; Jack McCain,
1956; Wayne Faraldo, 1958; Benny Reeves, 1958; and
Paul Prince, 1958. McCain was recognized as the first
chapter member initiated in 1956.
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Members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity gathered in
Natchitoches last December for a Beta Omicron Alumni
reunion. Participating were, kneeling from left, Paul Prince
(1961), Don Cook (1958) and John McTyre (1957). On the
second row are John "Buck" Wheat (1959), Jack McCain
(1 957), Buck Tumminello (1 960) and Huey Fitch (1 960). On
the back row are Jim Brister (1960), Billy Plunkett (1958),
Ducker Varnell (1959), George Cameron (1964) and John
Mize (1962). Not shown are Charlie Bice, Benney Reeves,
Wayne Faraldo and John Echols.
Several Pi Kappa Phi alumni who represented the founding
members of the Beta Omicron chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
gathered in Natchitoches last December for a bi-annual reunion
with their wives. Alumni who were initiated in to the Beta
Omicron chapter in 1957 and 1958 were honored during the event.
Jack McCain, who was the very first charter member, initiated in
the fall of 1956, presented framed Golden Legion 50-year
membership certificates to five chapter alumni. Also during the
weekend, the chapter's Ritual Team initiated Joe Sampite, who
served as major of Natchitoches from 1980-2000, into the
fraternity as a NSU alumni initiate.
The group hosted a banquet during which alumni members of
Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Sigma Alpha and Chi
Omega were honored.
Reatha Cox, director of New Student Programs at NSU and a
representative of the National Panhellenic Conference, presented
50-year membership certificates to seven wives of the Pi Kappa
Phi alumni who were initiated into their sororities during the same
Members of Pi Kappa Phi recognized their significant others by
presenting them with 50-year member certificates for their
respective sororities. From left are Mary Beth Person McCain,
Chi Omega; Mildred Eckhardt McTyre, Tri Sigma (1957, 1965);
Gloria Lawley Echols, Alpha Sigma Alpha (1957); Clois Warner
Witt, Alpha Sigma Alpha (1957); Reatha Cole Cox.Tri Sigma
(1987, 1994), who made the presentations on behalf of the
National Panhellenic Conference; Peggy Kerr Plunkett, Alpha
Sigma Alpha (1957, 1992); Sue Weir Rainer, Tri Sigma (1960),
and Sylvia George Murphy, Tri Sigma.
Former members of Purple Jackets gathered for a reunion during Homecoming festivities last October. The occasion was
organized by Purple Jackets sponsor Frances Watkins Conine. Kneeling from left are current Purple Jackets Ronderia
Walker and Kacy Brown. Seated are Juanita Thornton (1958), Katina Manitzas Borras (1957), Wanda Huhner Ford (1986),
Rhetta Strickland Poole (1950), Sandra Methvin Melder (1980), Frances Elouise Sanders (1949), and Mamie Melton
Younger (1949). Standing are June Wallace Dyson (1950), Marie Cloutier Legrande (1949), Margaret Ann Nolan King
(1960), Pat Miley Ogelsby (1959), Melba Rogers Williamson (1964), Patsy Louise Black (1978), Mary Ruth Bradley Corley
(1967), Brenda Stanly Bealer (1971), Winnie Dowden Wyatt (1953), Kaye Mcintosh Payne (1963), Judge Patricia Carrier
Cole (1793), and Cecilia Bess Miller (1966).
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Earline Mart Andrews continued from page 4
children wrote reports and
made notebooks on their
topics. Years later, one of
Andrews' former students
acknowledged her in a travel
book he authored, citing her
places were a long
way from Normal,
where students ate in
a common dining
room, slept on
sleeping porches and
were called to rise in
the morning, take
meals and go to class
with the ringing of
the plantation bell.
as inspiring him to explore
Normal President Dr. V.L.
Roy, English teacher Ralph
Ropp. Dean Edwards
Varnado, librarian Scharlie
Russell and Coach 1 1. Lee
Prather. A favorite history
teacher was Mrs. [Catherine
\\ inters. Andrews not onl\
earned a minor in history, but
also majored in music and she
remembered several teachers.
including a Blanche fay, who
directed the choir at the First
Hapl ist ( lunch, her sister
I ranees, Lillian McCook and
band director ( filbert Saetre.
All students, w ith no
exception, were required to
take two semesters ol
penmanship classes, using the
Palmer w riting Book.
"It didn't apph to your
degree, but you could not
graduate unless you passed
the penmanship course and
some of the boys had to staj
in that class.'' she
"In all departments, we
had good faculty." she said.
Students were housed m
dormitories A through D and
the overflow slept in wooden
buildings called The Camps.
Andrews last visited campus
about 1 years ago and
recognized only two
buildings, the former
president's home, now the
Alumni Center, and the
gymnasium that now houses
the National Center for
Preservation Technology and
Training. Most classes
Andrews attended were in
Caldwell Hall and she
remembered the columns,
which still loom over the
In Andrews' day. students
canoed on Chaplin's Lake and
attended basketball games at
"We were not allowed to
leave the dorms until the bell
rang; then we would hustle
over to the gym to try to get a
good seat." she said. "The
Lyceum programs were all
wonderful and cultural and
the music department
performed recitals. We were
very serious about our
studies, but we surelv did
walk the line because we
didn't want to be shipped
Lea\ ing the dorm early
or going off campus were
major offenses. On Sundays
the students walked to church.
"Some of us who were
Methodist, would walk
straight on past the Methodist
church to the Baptist church
or the Catholic church, just
because we wanted to go as
far from campus as we
COUld," she said.
of her travels, Andrews
has man) stories
"I made it a point that
when I would gel to a city, I
would go to the museums,
then the major buildings and
the beautiful cathedrals I
followed the history path and
the culture of the people,
which was and still is my
interest."' she said. ""Now. I
more or less travel \ icariously
but I still read books and
maps. At one time I thought
I'd write my memoirs, but it
seemed like everybody else
was doing that."
She has notebooks that
contain her impressions of
Russia. Bangkok. Singapore.
Japan. Istanbul. Scandinavia
and many islands, but laments
that people overlook traveling
in the United States.
"They take off to Europe
and haven't traveled
anywhere in our great
country." she said.
In more recent years.
Andrews haunted libraries all
over the country conducting
genealogy research and
tracing her ancestors to the
500s. She is active in DAR.
Colonial Dames and the
Magna C'harta society.
Genealogy research, she said,
stimulates the mind and her
mental outlook is a verv
important factor in her health.
"I am still mobile, still
health} and the grav matter is
still working." said Andrews,
whose husband is deceased.
She had no children, but has
attentive nieces. "M> mental
outlook is that there is good
m everything and I look for
the positive side I found one
thing in accelerated \ears:
the one word that has tided
me through is acceptance. If
adverse things occur, if I can't
do anything about them. I
think 'This is today, I live
todav and tomorrow I'll face
it.' It took me a long tunc to
learn the word acceptance
I verj com has two sides It's
nn wa> of life I still live
alone and take care of m)
business ,\\n\ all nn financial
matters and am plagued onl\
b\ poor eyesight."
Nevada Self Salter and
Earline Hart Andrews stand
in front of one of the old
dormitories on Normal Hill.
Her years in the
classroom were rewarding. "I
have very pleasant memories.
One thing I have at the tender
age of 98 is that in the last 15
>ears. more and more of mj
former students have started
looking me up. \ isitmg me
and sending me cards."
Throughout her teaching
years, Andrews enjoyed being
around voting people, who
kept her in touch with a
changing society W hen
faced with a problem student,
she always found the
student's good traits and
pointed them out in direct and
"Those children would
become the ones who would
remember me and seek me
out now." she said. "Ever)
person has some good trait,
even though sometimes it is
hard to locate. \l\ students
said I was firm but fair. I had
a high level of expectation
and I constantly raised m>
standards to have the students
grasping for higher levels."
Andrews 1 independent
spirit and w illmgness to do
things on her own helped her
fulfill her dream of traveling
the world. She reflects fondlv
on her long life and sums up
her optimistic outlook with a
single phrase: "I [itch your
wagon to a star, keep your
seat and there you are."
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Joe Moreau ( 1976), who built a
cross country dynasty at Pineville High
School in the 1990s and coached
Alexandria Senior High to state runner-up
cross country boys and girls finishes from
1994-97, was honored in January with a
Lifetime Achievement Award from the
Louisiana Track and Field Coaches
Moreau was one of three men
presented with Lifetime Achievement
Awards at the LTFCA awards luncheon in
An Alexandria Senior High graduate,
Moreau coached at ASH and Bolton before
building a cross-country dynasty at
Pineville High (1985-1995). Moreau s
teams at Pineville won Class 4A state
championships in cross-country in 1990,
1991. 1992 and 1993. He also coached
Pineville to two state track and field titles
in 1993 and '94.
Moreau's teams won 1 regional 4A
championships and 1 1 district titles in
track, while capturing 14 district cross
country championships. He coached 17
individual state champions and developed
three NCAA All-Americans. He won 25
district coach of the year honors and was
named Louisiana's prep coach of the year
Moreau served as president of the
LTFCA from 2000-2002.
Class of 1957 near
Members of the class of 1957
have nearly reached their goal of
raising $40,000 to fulfill the Class of
1957 Endowed Professorship. More
than $32,000 has been contributed to
the endeavor, which class members
established in 2007 to commemorate
the golden jubilee of their graduation.
The group is the first graduating class
to establish an endowed gift.
Donations are still being accepted
as the group strives to meet its goal,
which will be matched with $60,0000
from the State of Louisiana Board of
Regents. To support the endowed
Jill Bankston at (318) 357-4241 or
Dr. Virginia Crossno at (3 1 8) 357-4 1 08.
Eric A. DeFratis (1999) penned a
superhero science fiction story, "Shadows
of Patriotism," and has been featured at
area book-signings. For information about
the book, send an e-mail to
Dr. J. Michael "Mike" Miller of
Dunwoody, Ga., was named the 2009
recipient of the American Society for
Microbiology Founders Distinguished
ASM is the largest life sciences
organization in the world with over 43,000
members. Miller is chief of the
Bioterrorism Lab Response Branch at the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
in Atlanta, Ga.
Each year, a recipient is selected
based on outstanding contributions and
commitment to the ASM as a volunteer at
the national level. Selection is based on
commitment to furthering the goals of
ASM, the ability to inspire commitment
from others and the significance of
contributions to the members of ASM and
One of the most recognizable names
in clinical microbiology in the world.
Miller was recognized by his peers in 2003
as the nation s top clinical microbiologist
with the bioMerieux Sonnenwirth Award
for Leadership and Innovation in Clinical
Microbiology from among over 7,3000
clinical microbiology members of ASM.
He is sought after as a speaker throughout
the U.S. on microbiology, infectious
disease diagnosis, laboratory safety and
patient specimen management.
Miller is a native of Winnfield who
earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in
microbiology from Northwestern in 1 967
and 1970 respectively and his Ph.D. from
the University of Texas Health Science
Center in San Antonio. He is a 3-year
Vietnam era veteran of the U.S. Army. He
is married to the former Ginger Foshee, a
Mansfield native, who also earned
bachelors and master's degrees at
Northwestern in 1969 and 1972 and is a
former Miss Northwestern. They have
three children. In 2004, Dr. Miller was
inducted into the Long Purple Line, NSU's
alumni hall of distinction.
of directors of
Woody C. Schick
as president and
officer. Schick, a
President Ronnie D.
Sheffield and CEO Will C. Hubbard.
Schick has 35 years of banking
experience in the Shreveport banking
market. Prior to joining Citizens National
Bank, Schick served as senior vice
president and business banking manager of
CapitalOne Northwest Louisiana.
He is a 1972 graduate of
Northwestern, where he was a four-year
letterman in baseball and a member of
Who's Who in American Colleges and
Universities. He was elected to the NSU
Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. He is also
a graduate of the Stonier School of
Banking at Rutgers University in New
Brunswick, New Jersey.
College of Education seeking nominations
for Hall of Distinguished Educators
Northwestern's College of Education Alumni Advisory Board is seeking nominations for its
Hall of Distinguished Educators for 2009. Nominees must have graduated from NSU's
College of Education at least 30 years prior to nomination. The inductees will participate in
NSU Homecoming activities this fall.
To nominate an outstanding alumnus who has had a distinguished career in education,
send the nominee's resume or other documentation outlining the reason for the nomination
to Donna Perot, NSU College of Education, Teacher Education Center, Natchitoches, LA
71497. For more information, call (318) 357-6288 or email Perot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tunks Cypress Inn Alumni Gathering
Alumni and friends gathered
at Tunks Cypress Inn
last fall for a wonderful meal.
Mary Guillory, Caitlin Guillory
and Michael Guillory (1992)
set for May 2
An exciting addition to the NSU
events calendar will be the first
Regimental Ball. The Ball is
scheduled for Saturday. May 2 at the
Student Union. The event is formal
and will be open to the public and will
be hosted by the Northwestern State
Demon Regiment (NDR).
"This is an opportunity for
everyone to participate in a traditional
military ball and be a part of several
historic traditions," said LTC Lee
Pennington. The event will include
pictures made during a social hour,
an official receiving line, posting of
the Colors, toasts, a tribute to Fallen
Soldiers and recognition of well-
known officers who graduated from
the NSU ROTC program and earned
a place in the NDR Hall of Fame. The
ball will conclude with the singing of
the Army Song followed by dancing
and a live band.
"Guests will also share in the
tradition of receiving keepsakes, skits
and having a wonderful dinner,
making for an overall memorable and
inspiring evening." Pennington said.
Tickets to the regimental ball are
$40. RSVPs can be made by
contacting Christie Price at 357-5157
or e-mailing email@example.com.
Hope Sansing (1950) and
Martha Catha (1951)
Jessica Guillory and
Brian Setliff (2001)
Frances Tennie (2005) and
Pat Deal (2005)
Don Page (1974). Ruth Page.
Sidney Bankston (1959).
Nell Bankston (1961) and
Doc Bankston (1957)
Northwestern going Green with health and
environmental initiatives campus-wide
In an effort to be more energy
efficient and environmentally responsible.
Northwestern has launched a green
initiative. NSU Green, a program that
encourages students and staff to make
small changes that save encrgv and
promote a health) lifestyle, such as
recycling, walking instead of driving and
pursuing service projects that are aligned
vv ith green concepts.
"I ucigv conservation, sustainability
and related green activities are now at the
forefront of national attention." said NSU
Presidenl Dr. Randall .1. Webb. "NSU is
exploring options to excite and involve
faculty, stall and students m these
I asi year, a campus survej conducted
bv \ ice President for I Diversity \ Hairs
Dr. Marcus Jones and Service I earning
Director Sieve Gruesbeck revealed that
concerns about conservation are both
personal and global Consequently, NSU
Green includes not onlj campus
beautification, bul also volunteerism, civic
engagement, service learning and career
development Gruesbeck is interested in
coordinating volunteer efforts that
enhance students' fields of stud)
"(iioup projects .\^<-\ senior level
classes lend themselves well to service
learning."' Gruesbeck said. Undergraduate
and graduate student research projects
across the curriculum are addressing green
topics such as sustainability, recycling,
environmental protection and local,
In tandem with NSU Green's
paperless initiative, the Alumni (.'enter
invites readers who prefer to read Alumni
Columns on-line to \ isil nsualumni.com.
where issues arc available in a
downloadable pdf file. Current and back
issues will be available for viewing.
"We want to do our part in promoting
the university's sustainabilit) efforts and
arc offering our alumni the option to go
paperless bv posting the magazine on-
line." said Drake Owens, director of
Alumni and Development. "If you prefer
this paperless method, please notifv the
office b> calling (318) 357-4414. Readers
will be notified via e-mail when each
issue becomes available If you choose the
paperless option, hard copies will siill be
available upon request"
"Northwestern encourages education.
research and action focused on the
environment, encrgv conservation and
sustainability," ( iruesbeck said.
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Darline Kennedy scholarship honors long-time educator
Donald Kennedy of Shreveport has
created an endowed scholarship at
Northwestern State University to benefit
an education major through a donation
to the NSU Foundation. The Darline
Elizabeth Corley Kennedy Endowed
Scholarship in Education was
established in honor of the donor's wife,
who graduated from NSU in the early
1940s and enjoyed a long career as a
Mrs. Kennedy, also of Shreveport,
grew up in the Toro community in rural
Sabine Parish. After graduating from
Northwestern, she taught in Beauregard
and Sabine parishes before moving to
Caddo Parish. Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy
met on Jan. 1, 1946, the first day they
each reported for their teaching jobs at
Greenwood. After moving to Shreveport
in 1950, Mrs. Kennedy taught at several
schools in Caddo and Bossier parishes,
including Fair Park, Byrd and
Broadmoor Jr. High.
"She was a very, very good
teacher," said Mr. Kennedy, a retired
The Darline Elizabeth Corley Kennedy Endowed Scholarship was
created by Donald Kennedy of Shreveport to honor his wife. From left
are Lee Kennedy Jr., Donald Kennedy and Kenny Kennedy.
Caddo Parish superintendent of schools.
"She was never without a teaching
position for more than few minutes after
she let it be known she was available.
She was an outstanding teacher."
Kennedy hopes that in today's
difficult economic times, his
contribution will help a deserving
student fulfill their goal of becoming an
Pierce establishes scholarships for education, athletics
Mrs. Regina Pierce of Natchitoches
has contributed $20,000 to NSU to
establish two endowed scholarships.
One of the endowments will benefit
students in the College of Education,
and the other is for the Athletics
Department scholarship fund for
A 1988 graduate of Northwestern 's
College of Education and a teacher in
the Natchitoches Parish School System,
Mrs. Pierce created the Pierce-Bruce
Endowed Scholarship to assist students
who are preparing to become teachers.
Drake Owens, executive director of
the NSU Foundation, said scholarship
funds provided by the Pierce-Bruce
endowment will be used to help attract
and retain students from large families in
rural areas who pursue careers in the
Mrs. Pierce, one of eight children
and a Coushatta High School graduate,
said the Pierce-Bruce scholarships will
be designated for members of large rural
families "because I realize how difficult
it is for some of those students to obtain
funding to enroll or remain in college."
She said scholarships created by the
endowment will be named Pierce-Bruce
Scholarships in honor of her seven
brothers and sisters in the Bruce family,
Reginald Bruce of Haughton, Don Bruce
of Leesville, Richard Bruce of
Marthaville, Bob Bruce of St. Augustine,
Fla., Diane Bruce of Natchitoches,
Janice Morvan of Logansport and David
Bruce of Doyline.
"They provided me strong support
through the years and made numerous
personal sacrifices to assist me in
achieving my goals of obtaining a
college degree and becoming a teacher,"
Mrs. Pierce said. "It is my hope that
other students for years to come will
benefit from the scholarships that reflect
the esteem and respect that I have for my
brothers and sisters."
Funds Mrs. Pierce donated to the
Athletics Department will establish the
Jerry and Regina Pierce Endowed
Scholarships in Athletics. Mrs. Pierce's
Jerry and Regina Pierce
husband, Jerry Pierce, is Vice-President
for External Affairs at NSU. Athletics is
part of the External Affairs area at the
Endowed scholarships provide
perpetual benefits to the university,
because funds contributed by donors
remain intact and only interest accrued
from investment of the gifts is used for
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Peveto returns to NSU as head football coach
In their days playing for Southland
Conference championship football
teams at Northwestern a decade ago.
Rob Robertson and Brian Whaley used
to enjoj listening to pregame and
hall'time motivational talks by assistant
coach Bradlej Dale Peveto.
The\ had to sneak into those
meetings. Peveto was the Demons'
defensive coordinator from 1996-98
under venerable head coach Sam
Goodwin. Robertson, a fullback, and
Whaley, a lineman, played on offense.
They weren't invited to the defensive
But they had to sneak in whenever
"We hail some great coaches here,
and we all loved Coach Goodwin." said
Whaley. "But the way Coach Peve
could reach out and inspire each and
ever) one of us was something special."
"One thing is for sure." said
Robertson. "He will get the maximum
potential out of his players."
Peveto, 47. was named the Demons'
new head football coach on Dec. 17. He
came from LSU, where he was the
linebackers coach for the past four
seasons, including the 2007 Tigers' team
that won the BCS National
Championship with a Sugar Bowl win
over Ohio State. He was introduced on
campus Dec. 22 in a rousing press
conference attended by about 250
friends and NSU supporters, then
returned to finish his coaching duties at
LSU as co-defensive coordinator by
helping the Tigers win the Chick I'il-A
Bowl over 14 -ranked Georgia Tech in
dominating fashion on New Year's Eve.
His decision to pursue and
ultimately accept the Northwestern head
coaching position raised some eyebrows.
Skeptics wondered why a coach would
step out a\ the high-profile, big dollar
world ot the Southeastern Conference to
become a head coach at a smaller
I )i\ ision 1 state university.
Part of the reason, said PevetO, was
ambition His laic lathci was a legendary
high school head coach in ( hangclicld.
Texas, Hi miles west oi the I ouisiana
border and 15 miles east ol Beaumont.
Bradlej Dale started as a hallho\ loi his
dad's team, hanging out m the field
During last December's press conference to annouce his new position of head football
coach, Bradley Dale Peveto asked Sam Goodwin, as well as the general assembly, to
join him in singing the NSU fight song.
house and riding the "old yellow dog,"
as they called the team bus. to games
with his father.
Two of his three brothers. Jeff and
Garey Birt. are high school coaches in
southeast Texas. To say their father had
a strong influence is understating the
Peveto has been an assistant coach
for 21 seasons on the college level.
beginning at Trinity Valley Community
College. He's also worked at Southern
Mississippi, Arkansas, Houston and
Middle Tennessee before coaching and
winning four bowl games at LSU.
When the Northwestern job opened after
lasi season, it tugged at Peveto 's heart. If
he was ever going to he a head coach, it
was time to take thai step. A year earlier,
he had been a prime candidate for the
head job at his alma mater. SMI', but
Hawaii coach June Jones got the nod
after leading the Rainbows to the Sugar
The allure of returning to
Northwestern and Natchitoches was \cr\
strong for PevetO and his wife. Melissa,
who treasured then previous Stay.
"I'm glad to be back home. There's
a lot o\ jobs out there, but where do >ou
want to live? 1 love I ouisiana. 1 line
Natchitoches. Is there a better job m the
country? I don't think so."
\ reporter from Peveto's hometown
newspaper interviewed him before the
2007 Sugar Bow I.. it Media l)a> for the
national championship game. He asked
an obvious question: is this the highlight
of your coaching career?
Remarkably, it wasn't, and still
isn't. As fantastic as that experience was.
and as much as Peveto enjoyed his four
seasons at LSI', he maintains his
favorite coaching memory is the 1997
season with the Demons.
"That team came through so much,
not just developing into a championship
team when we were 2-3 and just
thorough!) whipped at McNeese in the
middle of our season." he recalled.
"Coach Goodwin did such an amazing
job of being positive and confident in
the days alter that game and we all led
off of him. We didn't lose another game.
and the) tore the goalposts down in
Turpi n Stadium and carried them
downtown alter we beat Stephen T.
Austin to win the conference
"That was great, but what that team
dealt with outside of football, I've never
been around a closet group. We had an
offensive lineman. Ja\ Olive, and he and
his wile lost their little bab) son to crib
death during preseason camp. We had
another player whose lamil\ 's home
burned down. We had other faniiK
tragedies. We hail some heartbreaking
injuries ami we had guys who just had to
gut it out and get us through." he said
"YOU talk about triumph, that was a
season when we had a triumph of will."
he said. "Winning that national
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Northwestern's first All-America athlete, Walter Ledet, was recognized by
the NSU athletic department after celebrating his 90th birthday Jan. 2
and received a standing ovation from the crowd at an NSU basketball
game. An Abbeville native, Ledet was a football All-American as an
offensive guard in his senior season of 1938. He turned down an offer to
play in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles to accept a coaching position
under Harry Turpin at his alma mater. After leaving coaching, he served
as the university's registrar until his retirement. He and his wife Betty
remain active in the community. NSU's track and field complex is named
in honor of Ledet's tenure as head coach of that sport. From left are NSU
Athletic Director Greg Burke, Ledet and Dr. William Broussard presenting
the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame member with a birthday gift.
championship at LSU. you bet it
was special and I'm so very proud
of those players and being part of
that team. What a great thrill. But
what our team accomplished,
considering all of the
circumstances, here in 1997 is
without a doubt my greatest thrill
Those who have played for.
and worked with. Peveto attest to
Coach Peveto and his wife,
Melissa, look forward to rejoining
the Natchitoches community.
his magnetism and seemingly boundless enthusiasm, along with a tireless
work ethic. Goodwin recalls routinely getting to the office before sunrise
and finding Peveto already on his second or third cup of coffee.
"He is the most passionate coach that I have ever played for. both in
his approach to the game and his passion for his players." said Lanny
Lawrence, a linebacker for Peveto with the Demons. "Coach Peveto always
had a way of instilling pride in what we were trying to accomplish as a unit
and no one wanted to be the weakest link in that endeavor."
"The thing that always stuck out in my mind about Bradley Dale is that
what he took to the field as a coach was exactly the kind of intensity you
want your players to bring." said Goodwin. "They see him working that
hard and caring that much and that affects them. He relates as well to kids
as any coach I've ever been around, and they'll fight tooth and nail for him
because he's such a good motivator."
He's fond of introducing his wife Melissa to groups, as he did at his
introduction as the Demons' coach, and saying, ''obviously, looking at me
and looking at Melissa, you can tell I'm a pretty good recruiter."
He's eager to get Melissa and their two children. 6-year-old Payton
Marie and 3-year-old Jacob Edward (whose middle name honors Peveto's
father, "Big Ed"), settled in Natchitoches.
Coach Leon Johnson
LHS AA honors Johnson
for Distinguished Service
venerable track and
field coach Leon
Johnson received a
Service Award from
the Louisiana High
annual convention in January.
Johnson, in his 27th season as the
Demons' coach, has taken the lead role as
NSU played host to the LHSAA's all-
classifications state cross country meet each
November for the last two decades.
Along with the administrative duties
surrounding the event, Johnson and his staff
have been responsible each year for
establishing the 3-mile course winding
through the west side of the NSU campus.
They build a staff of roughly 100 officials to
oversee the competition, as well as the NSU
staff handing the timing and traffic at the
The event annually draws thousands of
competitors and fans to the NSU campus in
mid-November. NSU also hosts a warm-up
competition in October so high schools
around the state can get a preview of the
campus and course.
"Leon has been a tremendous help to us
with the state cross country meet over the
years, going beyond the call of duty, above
and beyond what he needed to do," said B.J.
Guzzardo, assistant commissioner of the
Johnson was one of the states most
accomplished high school coaches before
being appointed head coach at Northwestern
in the fall of 1982. He won four state track
and field competitions and had four state
runner-up finishes, two in cross country, at
DeRidder and Opelousas.
"It's been a lot of fun," Johnson said. "I
appreciate the honor. It's something I was a
little surprised with. I know it's something I
will cherish as long as I live, to know that
you're being recognized by your peers."
Johnson has the second-longest tenure
of any Northwestern head coach in any
sport, topped only by the 36 seasons that H.
Lee Prather was the Demons' basketball
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Ai i mm Updates
New alumni website offering
information on student
groups and area chapters
Staff at the Office of Alumni hope readers have had a
chance to \isit the new NSU alumni website,
www.northwesternalumni.com. Since the last edition of
Alumni Columns was published, hundreds of alumni have
logged on and connected \\ ith their Demon friends. Visitors
can read about new events in the lives of our alumni in the
Class Notes section and see several alumni in the My Photos
A different area of the website will be highlighted in each
issue of Alumni Columns to let readers know about new-
features as they arc added.
Many students enhanced their time at NSU by joining a
social or business group, whether by joining a fraternity or
sorority, the SON. Student Activities Board. SGA or Purple
Jackets. There is a special section on the website dedicated for
alumni of these groups. Though the list is incomplete, it is
growing every day. Readers are encouraged to notify the
website administrator if a group in which they were a member
has not yet been listed. Once visitors have logged into their
groups, they will be able to view calendars of events, photos
and other information only open to members.
The Office of Alumni is constantly seeking to enhance area
chapters and has devoted a specific section of the website for
that purpose. Once visitors have logged on. they can go to the
Chapters section and click on the one for their area. If one has
not been established in a nearby area, please contact the Alumni
Office about starting one. In the future, upcoming area events
will be available on each chapter's page. The goal is to
established strong, vibrant chapters in places where NSU
alumni can network, social i/e and reconnect. Anyone interested
in helping plan area chapter events can contact the Office o\'
\lumni and Development at (31S) 357-4414.
coming this June!
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late this spring.
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(1978) and lives in
Jerry B. Smith is a real
estate agent, author,
married and lives in
Richard Earl Norred is
retired and lives in
Tim L. Berry is retired
and lives in S.C.
Wilkinson Stewart is
retired, married and
lives in Snellville, Ga.
Hubbs Ring is the
Beach, married and
lives in Panama City
Janice Joy Neck Miller
is employed by the
Challenge Program as
an instructor. She is
married to David 0.
Miller (1971) and lives
employed by Frisco
District as a teacher
and coach, married
and lives in Frisco,
Raymond V. Hammond
is a top operator for
co-owner of Econo
Travel Agency, married
and lives in Westlake.
Dr. W. Bryan Talley is
retired from San
Jacinto College and
lives in Houston,
LaToria L. Willis
LaToria Willis is one of a handful of young professionals who plan to
build their lives and careers in post-Katrina New Orleans. The Shreveport
native moved to New Orleans in November 2005 and is establishing herself
as a service leader in her adopted city.
Willis earned a degree in mathematics at NSU in 2000. During her
student years, she was a member of Shreveport Green/ShreveCorps, an
ameriCorps program, in which she worked on community projects that
involved helping the elderly and the handicapped. After her service years
ended, she became crew leader and assistant program director.
"When Hurricane Katrina happened, I was trying to figure out how I
could help," she said. "I got a call from the Greater New Orleans
Foundation's vice president of programs asking if I was interested in moving
to New Orleans to work with the Rebuild Fund."
She began as a grants manager for the Foundation, working with
nonprofit groups to identify their IRS compliance, reporting requirements
and other issues, which Willis described as "boring things."
"As time went on, I started helping with partnering national foundations
to local nonprofits working to rebuild the city," she explained. "As the
foundation started to get more strategic about how to make grants, I shifted
to working with the local community that wanted to make investments in
rebuilding, so I was promoted to manager of donor relations."
Prior to moving to New Orleans, Willis had only visited the city for
"I was very afraid to move. I left my entire family to come to the
unknown," she said. "I heard horror stories but found that New Orleans is a
great city. It is very addictive. Now, I can't imagine living anywhere else."
At NSU, Willis was involved in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Eta Chi
Chapter. She remembered a favorite professor, Dr. Gary White.
"I remember dreading taking Dr. White for physics because everyone
said he was so hard, but when I had his class, I loved it. I actually became
very interested and even got a minor in physics."
Willis has observed many positive changes in New Orleans but
acknowledges there is still plenty of work to be done.
"When I moved here, there were no streetlights and most places in the
city were still closed. There were no schools. The city is still not back and
it will probably never be the same, but this city is almost 300 years old and
it will definitely be better," she said. "So many people around the world
have invested in this city coming back. The conventions are coming. There
have been major changes in education. I'm really excited about the
potential the city has."
Willis has also begun work with a community volunteer organization
called Young Leadership Council. Their mission is to attract and retain
young professionals to the city through service projects and becoming
leaders in the city.
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Dr. Margaret F. Land
Dr. Margaret F. Land, co-owner and biostatistician of
fexas I m ironmental Studies and Analysis, has built a
career around research and respect for the environment.
Land was chosen in 2007 by the Climate Project and
trained by Al Gore and his team on the science of climate
change and gives free presentations on climate change and
solutions. Land is a retired professor of statistics at Texas
A & M University-Kingsville. where she resides. She is
co-owner and biostatistician for Texas Environmental
Studies and Analysis in which she collaborates on
environmental studies, including studies for wind farms in
Ninth America and other environmental endeavors. Since
the 1960s, she has been a consultant for researchers in
fields ranging from avian studies to zoology.
Land earned a BS in math in 1963 and a master's in
1967 at Northwestern. She later earned a Ph.D. in
statistics from Oklahoma State University. She is fluent in
Spanish and is a voting member of the Chickasaw Nation.
"I grew up with my grandparents on their farm near
Norman. Okla." Land said. "Their Native American
heritage showed in their respect to the environment. With
my grandmother. I learned the local birds and plants. With
( iiaiulpa. I learned much of the history he had lived time
with his Chickasaw family, government-sponsored (forced)
boarding school, life in the West a century ago. He
instilled in me an optimistic attitude. They gave me
abundantly that of which they had had so little -
opportunity for an education."
At age 19, Land's ecological studies included field
research on tropical birds in remote areas of Guatemala,
assisting her first husband. Hugh Land, in research for his
dissertation and data collection for his book "Buds o\~
Guatemala." She was later a Fulbright Scholar and lecturer
m Venezuela, teaching statistics in Spanish and serving as
"doing to Guatemala at age 19, living in tents or
primitive dwellings in humid jungle, rain forest, cloud
forest and arid country, was a life-changing experience.
I ven with malaria. Hepatitis A and more, it was a \ibrant
time of significant learning," she said. "Since that first
year in Guatemala, for me, Spanish has been a bridge to
local people and places otherwise unknowable. Spanish
skills also enable us to learn from the local people about
Land's first husband. Hugh Land, was a professor of
biology at Northwestern when he died of Hodgkin's
disease in December 1968.
"The faculty and staff were so kind and helpful during
the difficult time of Hugh's illness and after his death. I
remain forever grateful." Land said. "My three children
and I, not yet 30, moved to Stillwater. Okla.. and I pursued
the Ph.D. in statistics. I did not know we couldn't do it."
She and Hugh moved to Natchitoches from Concord
College in 1962 and she took classes necessarv to
complete her undergraduate degree at Northwestern in
1963. including a computer science class under Dr. Bobby
Waldron. who was also her advisor. She completed her
masters in 1967. the first person in her family to do so.
Her daughter. Stephanie, was born just as she was
finishing her last class in statistics
"It took three babies, three colleges and five years to
complete," she said. "I was very, very disciplined."
"I was always interested in environmental issues." she
said of her involvement with The Climate Project. "The
goal is to get people to understand the problem and go do
something about it."
The Climate Project trains individuals worldwide.
"They choose people from man) different backgrounds,
even children, but the fact I had a background in science
and quantitative work did give me credibility in analyzing
data. Through my statistical work. I had collaborated with
people who do studies on birds, wildlife, psvchologv and
other life sciences."
After beginning her teaching career at Oklahoma
State, she remarried in 1981 and joined the math
department at TAMU-kingsville. Her second husband
passed awav 10 years later. She married her husband Jim,
a Navv Master Chief, in 2001 and the two began then
company in 2005. Most of the work involves collecting
data from habitat studies and she has combined her interest
in dog rescue with developing a wav for the dogs to assisi
m data collection. She is also interested in the
development of wind power to produce clean energy.
Today, her yard of native plants is host to butterflies,
birds, amphibians and more.
"\ small pond welcomes buds and other criltcis
I eeders and plants provide food and shelter for
hummingbirds and others at all seasons." she explained.
"Bud tour groups come b> our yard to sec the
hummingbirds the) did not see elsewhere in the area."
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Margaret Clara Peace
Reyenga is a family
and consumer science
teacher at Plain
Dealing High School
and lives in Benton.
Billie Jo Cryer
Brotherton is a retired
principal, married to
Robert J. Brotherton
(1974) and lives in Elm
Vardeman is the owner
of Disc Daddy, married
and lives in Shreveport.
Denise E. Gregory
Ferguson is a
physician liaison for
Health and lives in
Cynthia Ann Wigely is
employed by Lafayette
Parish School Board
as a teacher and
coach, married and
lives in Carencro.
Jerry Davis is
employed by Trilogy as
vice president of
technology and lives in
Cedar Park, Texas.
Donna Laffitte is
employed by the
Denver Public Schools
as a math and science
and lives in Conifer,
Angie Chance Griffis is
a talented & gifted
content specialist for
Killeen ISD, married
and lives in
Patricia Lord Terry is a
registered nurse at
and lives in Las Vegas,
Gentry is an attorney
at Tabor-Gentry, PLLC
and lives in Madison,
Mark A. Troxler is
employed with Omni
Medical Group as a
physician and lives in
Felita Larkins Woods is
employed by Shell
Energy North America
as a transportation
analyst and lives in
LaBauve is employed
by LHC Group as a
and lives in Lake
Kip T. Patrick is senior
communications at The
Pew Charitable Trusts,
married and lives in
Heather Janel Cavin
Stevens is employed
by Concentra Health
Services in human
resources, married and
lives in Glendale, Ariz.
Denise A. Webster is
employed by the
Department of Defense
Education Activity as a
principal at Livorno
Dr. Leah Renee'
Veuleman Byles is a
dentist, married to
Raymond G. Byles
('98) and lives in Many.
Brent McClure is an
audit manager at Ernst
& Young LLP and lives
in Birmingham, Ala.
Janery Wylie Barnes is
a manager of training
for Alltel, married and
lives in Sheridan, Ark.
Lesley Marie Roberts
Vance is a paralegal
for executive counsel
for the Louisiana
Insurance and lives in
Jason Craig McGregor
is employed at Norris
Cylinder Co., married
and lives in Longview,
Amanda Lynn Galiano
Guillory is an
specialist for the State
Department of Wildlife
& Fisheries (HQ),
married and lives in
Anthony Dean Wilson
is a HSE Specialist for
Baker Hughes, Inc.,
married to Carin
Wilson ('00) and lives
in New Iberia.
Villien is employed by
Corporation as a
claims investigator and
lives in Baton Rouge.
Lakennia Cole is
employed by La
Marque ISD as a
teacher and lives in
Gwen Riffle Costello is
a team lead I for Blue
Cross Blue Shield of
North Carolina and
lives in Durham, N.C.
Bruston Kade Manuel
is a managing director
Family Foundation and
lives in New York, NY
Cloyce "Guy" Glynn
Chowns is employed
by the Natchitoches
Parish Sheriff Office as
a corrections officer
and educator and lives
Coglietti is an assistant
buyer for JC Penney,
married and lives in
Dr. Brent Austin Daigle
is an assistant
professor of education
at Mercer University,
married and lives in
Locust Grove, Ga.
Dr. Ryan Christopher
Terry is employed at
Family and Cosmetic
Bridge, married to
Terry (2005) and lives
Vercher is a
administrator for the
GEO Group, Inc.,
married and lives in
Nickie Stratman Currie
is a software/systems
engineer II at USAA
and lives in San
Shantel M. Wempren
is a paralegal for YLG,
APLC and lives in
Brandon S. Cutts is a
engineer for USAA and
lives in San Antonio,
Samantha Jo Sullivan
is a language and
instructor at NSU and
lives in Natchitoches.
Jeanlouis is a software
engineer at USAA and
lives in San Antonio.
Effie DeRouen Mouton,
Lafayette, November 1 , 2008
Elethia Edwards Kelly,
E.C. Knippers, Nashville, Tenn.,
January 26, 2009
Dorthy Hillman, December 30,
Catherine Bondurant Prince,
February 9, 2008
Stanley Mattson Powell,
Shreveport, November 30, 2008
Chester Winfield O'Quin, Jr.,
Alexandria, La., January 15,
W.E. Carpenter Jr., Calvin,
December 4, 2008
Cornelia Elizabeth "Betty"
December 5, 2008
Maybelle Shelton Haddox,
Winnfield, December 7, 2008
1964, 1966 Jerry Fowler, Baton Rouge,
January 26, 2009
Larry Walls, Shreveport,
Janet Paulette Ashley Holman,
January 22, 2009
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A rare and undated photograph shows two
Normal students between the Bullard
Mansion and Caldwell Hall. The mansion
was dismantled in 1913. Caldwell Hall
burned in 1982.
The Normal Camera Club encouraged students' interest in photography. The Camera
Club published an annual pamphlet and in 1909 named an editorial staff that put
together the first Potpourri, celebrating its centennial this year.
Four hundred thirty-five graduates received degrees at
Northwestern's Centennial year spring commencement exercises
in l l )N4. Can you name the top graduates and the president who
congratulated them? The first five readers to call the Alumni
Center (318) 357-4414 will win a prize.
Congratulations to the following
people who correctly identified the
senators at large from 1971-72.
The senators were Melinda
Voorhies. Raymond Beach. Linda
Johnston. Dane Hine. Marcia
Thomas. Cliff Conine. Ron McBride.
Debra Towry and Greg O'Quinn.
St. Petersburg, FL
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Researchers at the NSU Aquaculture Research Center
generated a buzz last fall when several crawfish they
were studying turned permanently blue.
"We are thinking of calling them 'Cajun Blues,'" said Dr.
Julie Delabbio, professor and director of the Center, located
south of Natchitoches on the Red River near Lena. "Or maybe
fleur de lis' crawfish because the blue color is really close to
the royal blue color of the French king."
NSU staff and students began a research project last
summer placing ordinary brown-red Louisiana crawfish in
aquaria at the Aquaculture Center. Four months later, more
than 60 percent of the crawfish were vivid blue.
"Our research was not aimed at changing the color of the
crawfish. We were investigating whether lengthening the
amount of light that crawfish receive each day would make
them grow larger or faster. The color change was a complete
surprise," Delabbio said. "There are some species of crawfish
which are naturally blue, and on a rare occasion you will find a
blue crawfish in a crawfish pond. But 60 percent of the
ordinary-colored crawfish in our research study turned blue
and continue to stay blue even after they molt."
Other scientists have offered various suggestions as to
why the dramatic change in color has occurred. Explanations
could include diet, the light spectrum, or, since the crawfish are
housed in a blue tank, a means of camouflage.
"We know that it is not genetic," Delabbio said. "Is the
color change permanent? We don't know. But blue crawfish
sell for $25 a piece in the aquarium trade."
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